Y6 West of England

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  • Torrential rain

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Dec 2017, 8:03pm
    The weather looks very oppressive in this picture. It makes me think how beaten down the soldiers must have been by the elements with no adequate shelter.
  • Crosses by Aahlam

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Dec 2017, 8:01pm
    There's a sense of desolation in this picture, with the two crosses standing out bleakly against the horizon. Well done, Aahlam.
  • Wounded by Piyu

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 20th Dec 2017, 8:00pm
    A superb portrait, Piyu. I can see that you have thought very carfully about the effects created by the materials that you are using.
  • Deluge by David

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:42pm
    The line is this picture is stunning. You can really feel the torrential rain beating down on the soldiers. Thank you for sharing it with us.
  • Midday sun by Rhian

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:39pm
    This is such an arresting image and it evokes a powerful response. Thank you for sharing it with us.
  • Soldier by Josh

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:38pm
    I like the way you have used similar materials and techniques for creating faces to Barroux' artwork. Thank you for sharing.
  • Wasteland by Grace

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 19th Dec 2017, 11:35pm
    A striking image showing the desolation, Grace. Thank you for sharing.
  • Landscape by Ilias

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Dec 2017, 3:36pm
    You have captured the bleakness of the scene perfectly. Very emotive.
  • Soldier by Piyu

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Dec 2017, 3:35pm
    Goodness what talent! Thank you for sharing. I wonder what that soldier is thinking. Your picture makes me want to meet him and hear his story.
  • Biscuits and books…

    ….in the Reading Gladiators creative club!

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 15th Dec 2017, 3:33pm
    Even the photograph is creative! What a super shot. There is no better combination than biscuits and books - except maybe buns - next meeting perhaps!?
  • Runners Up Prize!!

    Year 6 Gladiators were full of glee when they saw the books they had won! They were very excited by their success and clamoured for the chance to be picked as the “first readers” of these intriguing-looking titles!
    Thank you Just Imagine!

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 17th Nov 2017, 10:12am
    You are very welcome Filton - a well deserved prize. We would love to hear your thoughts on these new books - do tell us your favourites.
  • Diary entries in role as the Duke/Prince Edward

    Dear Diary,

    I fell haunted! Each night I lay awake in bed torturing myself over my bad deeds. Trying to convince myself that what I have done is right. The nights seem long and painful.

    Every morning I awake to the sight of miserable people rebelling against me, telling me I am a worthless ruler. You would think that each day that passed it would get easier but it does not.

    Duke

    Dear Diary,

    All my life I have worried. Worried about being King, but I have never been so worried until today. Each night I sleep with one eye open just waiting for something bad to happen. For my uncle’s patience to run out.

    Who knew that silence could be the worst torture?

    Prince Edward

    Caitlin Miller (Y6 Reading Gladiator)

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 14th Nov 2017, 8:09am
    What powerful writing Caitlin. As I read this diary entries, I felt you had really got inside the heads of the characters. Well done.
  • Children of the King themed artwork

    Our Y6 Reading Gladiators are really enjoying creating a piece of artwork to illustrate one of the main themes in the book.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 13th Nov 2017, 12:19pm
    Great to see your gladiators in action. Do post the finished products too.
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 14th Nov 2017, 8:06am
    Hello Mortimer St Mary Gladiators. I'm looking forward to see your artwork when I visit you.
  • Meeting Evacuees

    The children held a tea party for elderly members of our local community. They enjoyed hearing all about what it was like for evacuees during the war and deciding whether it was a similar experience to the characters we met in ‘The Children of the King’ and ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 12th Nov 2017, 6:09pm
    What a wonderful opportunity. I enjoyed meeting you all last week and look forward to seeing you in the summer, when you can tell me all about your tea party.
  • Pax -vocabulary work

    Gladiators examined words and expressions which give us clues as to Pax’s nature or his physical attributes. We talked about how some evidence is direct retrieval from the text and other evidence has to be inferred from subtle nuances related to the author’s choice of vocabulary, shades of meaning, mood and so on.

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    Caroline Bradley
    Caroline Bradley 9th Nov 2017, 4:32pm
    Great insight Filton and what a talented artist that drew the fox!
    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Nov 2017, 6:25pm
    What a super collection of words to describe Pax's attributes. You could use them to write a poem!
  • Character Ideas

    Chloe, Maya and Bre discussed Cecily based on their reading.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 3rd Nov 2017, 2:35pm
    Hello Oasis Connaught Gladiators! Thank you for sharing your work with us. Cecily is an interesting character, Do you think she grows up a bit by the end of the story?
  • Y6 Gladiators – reading for pleasure

    A sneaky peek of our Y6 Gladiators lost in The Thing About Jellyfish… What a heart wrenching book!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 4th Nov 2017, 12:27am
    Hello The Willows. Delighted to see you absorbed in your reading. How do you feel about Suzy? Do you think she will come to terms with what has happened?
  • Introduction to Pax

    Year 6 Gladiators started Pax today. We are already intrigued! We began by activating prior knowledge through making connections (discussion about animal communication sparked by the PowerPoint) and then focused on making comparisons with other books we have read. Gladiators compared Pax to Michael Morpurgo’s Butterfly Lion and another title of his that features an important relationship between human and animal, War Horse.

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 2nd Nov 2017, 5:43pm
    Hello Filton Avenue Gladiators! It sounds as though you had a very productive meeting today.
  • Pax

    We did the Big reveal for our next book yesterday, and Year 6 are all very excited about Pax! Several people had already thought about getting it last time they went to the bookshop!

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    Nicola Gamble
    Nicola Gamble 9th Nov 2017, 6:27pm
    Oo glad we picked a book that already interested some of your gladiators.
  • Mortimer St Marys Y6 Reading Gladiators

    Who is the most interesting character so far and why? Our thoughts so far –
    Heloise because she is ambiguous.
    May because she is intriguing.
    Jeremy because he is distant and something lies beneath his cool, calm exterior.
    We are loving this book!

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    admin 1st Nov 2017, 5:33pm
    Hello Mortimer St Mary Gladiators. We are so glad to hear what you think of this book. It sounds as though you are not too keen on Cecily! We are reading Pax in November. You may want to read that next and go back to The Thing About Jellyfish, so that you can enter some of the mini-challenges.